Butterflies as Omens – Their Colors and Meanings if You Spot them

Butterflies as Omens - Their Colors and Meanings if You Spot them

According to the Old Ways, if any butterflies accidentally cross your path, a divine omen of transformation and change is presented to you, for good or ill. Prophets of the Old Religion used to “translate” butterflies, as signals of Heavenly intervention and upcoming change. The question is, what kind of omen is this.

Moreover, ancient Greeks and Druids believed that sometimes, the butterfly is a disguised human soul, wondering around in a different form, traveling in other realms. Hence, persistent sights of butterflies, might be a sign that the dead try to speak to you or that a deceased loved one tries to contact you. Probably this is why in Gnostic iconography the Anger of Death is depicted stomping on a butterfly.

Butterflies as Omens of Change

To be honest, not all changes are good. However, we rarely like to talk about ‘good’ or ‘bad’ changes, because we truly believe, that even the hardest challenges, bear fruits of evolution and broader awareness. There is a reason why Saturn is considered the ‘planet of Witches’, as he rarely gives his blessings in an easy way. Most usually we have to dig deeper to find, the golden opportunity, which may sometimes lie in the ashes of our former plans.

- -

Orange Butterfly

Spotting an orange butterfly is usually a sign that we need to stay active and optimistic. An opportunity or a change is coming and we have to conjure all our enthusiasm to get the most out of this situation.

Is this a new job, a new romantic partner, a new friend? Orange Butterflies predict that a change is coming and we have to go out and grab this opportunity.

Yellow Butterfly

Yellow butterflies are not easy omens as they predict sudden life change. Sailors spotting a yellow butterfly – or for other traditions any butterfly at all – prior embarking, was a sign that this will be their last journey.

However, yellow butterflies are not omens of Death but a sign to wake up, because a New Life is awaiting for us! We need to conjure all our mental clarity as we are going to face a challenge which required our alertness and creativity.

Green Butterfly 

A green butterfly is an omen of Good Luck, growth and abundance. It certainly tells us that we are on the right track. Moreover, if the Green Butterfly is flying over our head making circles, wealth and healing is on its way.

If green butterflies are spotted indoors then good luck will come to the ones who live there. Also, it may mean promotion, success or unexpected good news like pregnancy or marriage.

Red Butterfly 

According to the Native American tradition, spotting a red butterfly by chance is an omen of very important, life-changing news. Something huge is coming towards you. Also, as butterflies symbolize the souls of the dead, a red butterfly is a symbol of a very powerful spirit watching over you. Why? Probably because of this important things that’s coming your way.

Hence, Red Butterflies demand respect. If treated in a bad way, bad luck will come to the person that harms it according to some eastern traditions. So be extra careful when spotting a red butterfly. You will soon find out why.

Blue Butterfly

These enchanting butterflies are believed to grant wishes and make dreams come true. However, there’s a catch. One should not give up. Difficulties might be presented and cause may seem lost. However, if you insist, things will change rapidly. Do not despair.

Also, a Blue Butterfly will grant you protection over evil magic and malicious spirits. Are you under a curse? Time to break free and spread your wings.

Brown Butterfly

The soil colored butterflies is an omen of important – usually good – news. A probably delayed and long-awaited answer will come to you. Something you’ve been awaiting for too long.

This will help you flourish anew, signifying a fresh beginning. Hence, a brown butterfly is considered a good omen, although patience is required.

Purple Butterfly

If these rare species are spotted, a powerful omen has become clear. A very powerful, or rich, or enlightened person will come your way. S/he may even have royal origin.

Purple Butterfly implies a divine intervention. When life becomes too hard or you face a very important issue – even health involved – spotting a purple Butterfly is an omen of release from one’s burden.

Black Butterfly

Witches perceive the sighting of a Black Butterfly as an omen of sudden change of luck and removal of barriers! Although common people usually interpret this sighting as an ill omen, black butterflies tell us that a magical force is present! Instead of what most people believe, there is a very powerful energy blocking a curse or a jinx targeted towards you. There is magic at work here. But it also mean that hope is present! 

A black butterfly is a harbinger of magical energy, coming usually from Deities or Witches related with Storms, Thunders and Lightnings. It may also be an omen or Calling for you to become a  Storm Witch!

Moreover, if a black butterfly is spotted, sudden change should be anticipated. An end of an era. A break up, or maybe a change of hearts, relocation etc. In conclusion, if you see a black butterfly, it’s time to practice some magic. Time to define this energy.

White Butterfly

White Butterflies imply the presence of your deceased loved one who are here to protect and guide you. These amazing creatures symbolize life and death. Hence, different traditions advice us to consult our dead ancestors for what they are trying to tell us.

According to some tribes, white butterflies are omens of death. Others believe it’s an omen of independence and good luck. All agree however, that this is a very powerful omen of change which has to do with our legacy and our ancestors. Hence, devote something to your dead ancestors asking for their guidance. Is a deceased loved one angry? Let’s make peace.


Although not exactly a butterfly it certainly looks like it. Moths are creatures of the night. Hence, they often appear in the darkness, living in the shadows. Therefore, they symbolize the great Unknown, where anything is possible. As an omen it acts like the Death card of Tarot – and as the Tarot Card of Death it speaks of liberation, not physical death. On the other hand, a great change is coming.

However, remember that as moths are attracted from the Light, so does your Spirit. You may feel imprisoned by your choices and the way of life. Therefore, your Spirit wants to break free from what troubles you. Moth symbolizes that a Great Change is coming.  Nothing may feel like before. Embrace the freedom.

More Omens from Spirit Animals: 

- - -